The wait is almost over, Celtics fans – our boyz will be back in training camp in the blink of an eye, and we’ll soon be watching a dramatically different (and some would say vastly improved) version of Team Green in action. I couldn’t be more excited, unless someone told me that Tupac was coming back from the dead to release another mix tape, or maybe if we were talking about the Second Coming of Len Bias. It appears that Danny Ainge has done an outstanding job in reconsituting the roster, and I for one will be finger-to-the-pulse when it comes to absorbing every shred of Celtics-related news in the coming weeks and months.
Want to talk storylines? How about Ray Allen defecting to the hated Miami Heat? Circle Game 1-of-82 on your calendars, if you haven’t already done so. That’s Boston @ Miami on Tuesday, October 30, for the fringe fans who don’t really rep our C’s like they should. The game will be on TNT, and it promises to be an early-season ratings bonanza for the network.
But it goes deeper than Heat hate. I want to see Jared Sullinger take his first tongue-lashing from Kevin Garnett, and I want to see how he responds. It will either make him a better player and a bigger man, or it has the potential to rake away at Sullinger’s confidence.
And what about Jason Terry? I totally dig that he’s been yapping it up – I just hope the bravado doesn’t work against the C’s, putting unnecessary pressure on a team that should be flying below the radar of teams like Miami, Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. We’ll get a chance to assess that during our Halloween visit to South Beach.
Will Jeff Green go beast mode this season, or will he be a timid mouse? Was that first stint with the Celtics a precursor of things to come, or was it an aberration? Will that new contract prove to be a steal, or will Green become an albatross around Ainge’s neck?
What will Courtney Lee give us? And if he turns out to be a rock star, where does that leave the injured Avery Bradley?
Will Darko Milicic experience a rebirth in Celtic green? What does Paul Pierce have left in the tank? Can Rajon Rondo continue to develop a reliable outside jumper?
Good questions all around, and there are tons of others just begging to be answered.
Thankfully, we won’t have long to wait.